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Lausitz 2008: di Resta breaks duck.

"I had quite a good race - the start wasn't really perfect but, apart from that, it went quite well," he reflected, "Compared to the race at Mugello, we have changed some things on the car which better suit my driving style.”

The race began in typically robust style, with several cars running wide into the first turn, and Tom Kristensen finding himself turned around and shedding bodywork that would hamper the rest of his afternoon.

"I was put in a sandwich from left and right and turned around in the third corner," the Dane confirmed, "During the safety car period, the team performed a very quick repair stop, but the car was simply too heavily damaged to be able to still drive good lap times."

Also in the wars was stable-mate Markus Winkelhock who, having been tapped twice on the opening lap, ended it with the Playboy Audi sitting, damaged, against the pit-wall.

"The Lausitzring is not a good place for me," he sighed, "Last year, my race ended in a tyre stack, and so did this one. In the first turn, someone hit me in the rear and, in the third, it happened again. At first, I thought only that one of the wishbones was bent, but then – on the straight/finish at over 200kph – my tyre blew."

Spengler, after his delay, eventually came home sixth to consolidate a similar position in the overall standings, heading Bernd Schneider and Oliver Jarvis as the final scorers. The Briton, however, only inherited eighth spot after Audi team-mate Alex Prémat was excluded from the results after it was discovered that he had used a tyre that hadn't been allocated for use in either qualifying or the race. Jarvis thus became the best-placed driver with a year-old car, enhancing his burgeoning reputation in the series.

"It was a good race with a fast car," the Briton commented, "Unfortunately, I got entangled in a starting tussle, which made me lose three or four positions. But, thanks to good pit-stops, I was able to make up ground again, and eighth place is a good result for our team."

Mike Rockenfeller and Gary Paffett rounded out the top ten, while Ralf Schumacher, in his fourth outing in a year-old Mercedes, claimed 14th, one place ahead of 2003 series runner-up Christijan Albers.

The series now takes a break to avoid a clash with football's European Championships, before reconvening on the day of the final to do battle on the legendary Norisring street circuit.


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Paul di Resta - AMG Mercedes C-Class [pic credit: DTM Media]
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Robert Wickens - HWA Mercedes [pic credit: DTM Media]
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